Musical Theater

Great Performances presents both new works and classics. Coming in Fall 2016 is Hamilton’s America, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the hit Broadway musical. Last fall we enjoyed the vivacious Broadway legend Chita Rivera and the youthful Billy Elliot.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

Starring Hugh Jackman, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in 1988 reveals the work’s emotional complexity. This broadcast marked the landmark musical’s 70th anniversary.

Premiered November 15, 2013
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Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” with the New York Philharmonic

Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” with the New York Philharmonic

The concert staging of Stephen Sondheim’s musical has an all-star cast including Craig Bierko (as Peter), Stephen Colbert (as Harry), Jon Cryer (as David), Katie Finneran (as Amy), Neil Patrick Harris (as Robert), Christina Hendricks (as April), Adam Lazar (as Paul), Patti LuPone (as Joanne), Jill Paice (as Susan), Martha Plimpton (as Sarah), Anika Noni Rose (as Marta), Jennifer Laura Thompson (as Jenny), Jim Walton (as Larry), and Chryssie Whitehead (as Kathy).

Premiered November 15, 2013
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40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary Celebration

Great Performances has provided viewers an unparalleled showcase of the best of the performing arts. On the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what Great Performances has meant to them, with performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elīna Garanča and Michael Bublé.

Premiered October 18, 2013
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The Great American Songbook

The Great American Songbook

This treasure trove of musical clips overflows with the very best of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and many more artists.

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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, and from Fanny Brice to Barbra Streisand, the film explores the phenomenon of how Jewish-American songwriters created a uniquely American art form. The award-winning documentary is by Michael Kantor, creator of the Emmy-winning series, Broadway: The American Musical.

Premiered January 1, 2013
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Memphis

Memphis

Featuring the original Broadway cast, including Tony nominees Chad Kimball and Montego Glover. Memphis is the historic first Best Musical Tony Award winner to air on U.S. national television with its original principals while simultaneously continuing a successful Broadway run and national tour.

Premiered February 23, 2012
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Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

Performed on Sondheim’s 80th birthday in March 2010, this salute to the legendary Broadway composer by the New York Philharmonic includes acclaimed Sondheim alumni as Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Joanna Gleason, Nathan Gunn, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, and many more.

Premiered November 23, 2010
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Chess in Concert

Chess in Concert

Idina Menzel (Wicked, Frozen) and Adam Pascal (Rent) join internationally renowned vocalist Josh Groban in a spectacular London concert revival of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ 1986 cult musical Chess, with lyrics by Tim Rice.

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